University of Northampton (UoN)

                           
                           
                           
                           

-About this PARTNER

The University of Northampton provides both undergraduate and postgraduate education for approximately 13,000 students on two campuses. The University comprises four Faculties: Health and Society, Arts, Science and Technology, Business and Law and Education and Humanities. The University has a strong focus on initial and continuing professional and vocational courses for beginning and experienced teachers and for those working in related fields and health (The University includes a number of research centres. The Centre for Education and Research (CeSNER) provides an administrative hub and resource base for research, development, consultation and teaching activity. The University of Northampton is one of the leading UK universities in the field of research, publication, teaching and practitioner support regarding disability and has secured a number of ERASMUS and other externally funded projects in recent years.

The Faculty of Education and Humanities provides initial teacher education (ITE) leading to qualified teacher status, and specialist training for teachers in Early Years and Special Educational Needs. The Faculty also offers a number of short courses and programmes for qualified professionals, wishing to enhance their experiences and knowledge in a range of education contexts. Many academics within the Faculty have had previous careers as senior leaders in schools and other educational settings; they are actively immersed within practice, and work in collaboration with schools, charities and local authorities, providing training, consultation and advice across the globe.

The quality of our initial teacher education provision has been externally recognised by Ofsted (The Office for the Inspection of Education Standards) and QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) over a number of years.

Role in the project

The Faculty of Education and Humanities at the University of Northampton has expertise in three areas: understanding and training in Inclusive Pedagogies and special needs, Technology Enhanced Learning and Mentorship Training. The Faculty of Education and Humanities is a successful provider of the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator) training and certification for qualified teachers in England. The University of Northampton is increasing its use of blended and technology-enhanced learning. This work involves the use of iPads and apps to transform teaching of undergraduate teachers. The university also creates Massive Open Online Course (MOOCS). The Faculty has a long and successful track record of developing teachers and school-based mentors for beginning and more experienced teachers. In a recent Ofsted inspection, the high quality of partnership relationships between the Faculty of Education and Humanities and schools was noted as a key strength of ITE supported by a highly successful NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) programme.

Team members

Dr. Helen Scott

Dr. Helen Scott

Team Leader

Dr. Helen Scott is Dean of the Faculty of Education and Humanities at the University of Northampton, where she has worked for 5 years. Previously, she worked at Manchester Metropolitan University as Head of Partnerships, collaborating with primary and secondary schools plus FE colleges in training beginning teachers across Greater Manchester. She began her higher education career leading a secondary Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course in Art at St Martin’s College (later to become the University of Cumbria) in Lancaster. At St Martin’s she also taught undergraduate Fine Art students, later running a large MA in Education for experienced teachers. Before working in higher education Helen taught art and design in secondary schools. Helen’s current and recent research interests include mentoring and coaching, higher education pedagogies in teacher education and visual research methods.

Dr. James Underwood

Dr. James Underwood

Dr. James Underwood is a Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Humanities at the University of Northampton. He leads and teaches on a range of masters’ courses at the university, several of which focus on school improvement through teacher research and teacher leadership. James taught for 19 years before becoming a lecturer at the University of Northampton. The majority of this time was in the British state sector, in secondary schools (ages 11 -18). He was also a senior leader of schools in the state secondary sector and more briefly in the private international sixth form sector (ages 16-18). He completed his doctorate in education at the Faculty of Education, at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include: the nature of professional communities, non-positional leadership, using practitioner research and the arts to achieve change in schools and communities, methodologies for teacher research, and teaching approaches in higher education among others.

Paul Bramble

Paul Bramble

Paul Bramble works as a Research Project Manager within the Research, Impact and Enterprise Division at the University. He is responsible for the post ward support, that includes project managing EU funded projects and supporting the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme that links businesses with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project, which will enable businesses to grow and be innovative. Paul is also currently involved in a range of funded research locally and internationally and he also supports the impact agenda within the University. Paul has been at the University since 2003. In his time at Northampton he has been within the Faculty of Education and Humanities and the Centre for Education and Research. Paul has been involved in Government and EU funded projects since 2005. Paul has a Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and a number of professional qualifications in PRINCE2 and a Level 6 CIM in Marketing.

Dr. Amanda O’Shea

Dr. Amanda O’Shea

Dr. Amanda O’Shea is a senior lecturer at the University of Northampton. She teaches on a range of masters’ level courses and supervises doctoral students. She also leads MA level courses in leading primary mathematics. These have developed over 1000 subject leaders at primary level in UK schools. Amanda’s first degree was in mathematics and physics with the Open University. She then went on to gain a PGCE in primary mathematics and science education and to teach in in the state primary and secondary sectors (ages 5-18) in the UK for 13 years. Amanda took a practice-based Certificate in Teaching and Learning with Cambridge University, through which she researched into childrens’ development of self-regulation and metacognition. This led to her involvement in the HertsCam teacher leadership initiative, a large and influential initiative in the UK in terms of building professional communities. She completed a masters’ and doctorate at Cambridge University, in which she investigated assessment for learning and metacognition further. Amanda’s research has focused on developing learner autonomy through classroom assessment practices; and on linking teaching, learning and assessing to the development of subject leaders and professional communities. These research themes are framed within the context of teaching mathematics and other STEAM related fields.

Our Location

University of Northampton, University Drive, Northampton, NN1 5PH, United Kingdom